Seventh Appearance (Best Finish: Win, 2013) Qualifying wins: 3
One of the most talented players on the PGA TOUR, Dustin Johnson, will tee it up at The Plantation Course at Kapalua, earning his way into the winners-only field through three victories, including his first major championship win at the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Johnson also captured two other wins at premier events, the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship during the FedExCup Playoffs. Those three victories, and 15 top 10s in 22 starts, earned him Player of the Year honors for the first time.
In six previous starts at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Johnson has a sterling four top 10s, including his win at the 2013 event that was shortened to 54-holes due to weather.
Johnson has played well in major championships throughout his career, nearly achieving victories multiple times before his breakthrough in 2016 at the U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Trailing the leader, Shane Lowry, by two entering the final round, Johnson played a steady final round of 69 to secure a three stroke win for his first major championship. Standing tall despite rules questions during the round, Johnson displayed brilliance on the 72nd hole, firing a laser at the final pin from 191 yards with a 6-iron.
“I couldn't be more excited, more happy and more proud of myself, especially with the things that happened last year at the U.S. Open on the 18th hole, you know, to come back this year and to get it done,” Johnson said in a press conference following his win.
World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
Johnson’s second win of the year came against an elite field at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club (South) in Akron, Ohio. With his wins in 2016, Johnson has now won at least once on the PGA TOUR in each of his first nine seasons, the TOUR’s best current streak. By comparison, Tiger Woods won in his first 14 seasons, from 1996 to 2009.
Johnson’s win at Firestone was punctuated by weekend rounds of 66-66 in tough scoring conditions. He has now won three career World Golf Championships, joining Woods (18) and Geoff Ogilvy (3) as the only players with three or more wins in the series.
Johnson’s march toward Player of the Year was solidified by his performance at the BMW Championships, the third event of the FedExCup Playoffs.
At Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, Johnson fired a Sunday 67 to lock up his third win of the year and 12th of his PGA TOUR career. He finished the event at 23-under, breaking the 72-hole tournament record of 22-under shared by Tiger Woods and Jason Day.
The win put Johnson in rare company as only the second player to win a major championship, World Golf Championships event and a FedExCup Playoffs event in the same season, joining Woods, who accomplished the feat in 2007.
“Obviously, my performance this week was fantastic. It's a big event, it's a playoff event, and a lot of guys around the lead. I played some really good golf the past four days. It was four really solid rounds.”